The Mission of the Office of Organizational and Professional Development is to foster an organizational learning environment that contributes to the effectiveness of Rice employees and teams and provides them with the support, skills, and information necessary to lead and perform with excellence.
Ultimately, in partnership with Rice leadership, teams, divisions, schools and departments, the Office of Organizational and Professional Development will employ a continuum of strategies, services and interventions to increase organizational effectiveness.
To be the resource to develop world class staff, who are empowered, have impact & cultivate a CAREER @ RICE. We do this by offering high quality instruction, collaborative learning experiences and access to ongoing development opportunities and resources.
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We make resources and learning opportunities available, and ensure they lead to results and enhanced performance, by carrying out our work in the form of this 3-part model:
Focus Groups – we conduct these from time to time as one way to keep our “ear to the ground,” and use the feedback we collect to inform the content we’re curating, the courses we’re offering, etc.
Facilitating connections and sharing resources – we intentionally create opportunities for collaboration and connection so staff can develop and strengthen internal networks and share resources to increase personal and team effectiveness.
Director, Office of Learning and Professional Development
A member of the Rice community since 1992, Marie has been the driving force in shaping and guiding the creation of the Office of Organizational and Professional Development. A highly experienced performance specialist known for her energetic style of facilitation and commitment to the development of Rice employees across the board, Marie actively consults with university departments on their professional development needs, designs and facilitates the learning opportunities offered to the Rice staff and faculty, and ensures that participation in her programs results in a high level of workplace performance.
Organizational & Professional Development Consultant
Joining Rice in 2016, Melinda is passionate about training, professional/organizational development and coaching and how such initiatives and strategies can influence the Rice community at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Leveraging over 20 years professional experience, including higher education, nonprofit and corporate settings, Melinda strives to maximize talent potential to achieve organizational impact and performance excellence through quality, meaningful learning experiences.